Secretary of State Mobile Office schedules visit to assist veterans May 23

MAY 22, 2012SOS Mobile Branch Office

LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that the Mobile Office will take part in the Capital Area Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in Lansing on May 23.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Adado Riverfront Park (West), 501 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing. The Stand Down is being organized by Volunteers of America Michigan and will offer services to homeless veterans including haircuts, health screenings, legal services, Social Security disability applications, vision testing, job assistance, clothing and lunches.

According to Volunteers of America, in Michigan alone, there are an estimated 14,000 homeless veterans.

"We are proud to be a part of this event for veterans, who have done so much for our country," Johnson said.

At the event, Secretary of State staff primarily will assist people in obtaining identification cards needed to access additional state and federal resources. The Mobile Office offers all the services available at a traditional branch office.

The office is made up of four, easy-to-use carts that are rolled out of a 14-foot-by-7-foot trailer and then assembled as a customer service counter with all the necessary equipment and data connections. It replaced the old office, which was a 24-foot-long modified recreational camper trailer that customers would enter to do business.

Customers of the mobile office have the ability to pay with cash, check, or a MasterCard or Discover card as well as buy instant titles or a copy of their driving record.

For more information about branch office locations and services, visit www.michigan.gov/sos. Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/michsos and Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/michigansos.

Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

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